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Annual Report 2011/2012 Royal Darwin Hospital Board



Annual Report 2011/2012 Royal Darwin Hospital Board

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5. Hospital Efficiency The Board continues to monitor the ability of RDH to deliver efficient and best possible standards and service to the community it serves. This service needs to be adequately funded given the continued growth of patient services set out in the table below. The Board continues to work closely with the clinical governance of the Hospital to monitor progress with the implementation of the new governance structure and the subsequent improvements to governance and accountability. The Board recognises managements key priority reform areas of safety and quality, patient flow and responsible resource management. The Board has observed clear progress in the implementation of the Nursing Hours per Patient Day review and noted significant strengthening of the hospitals permanent nursing workforce. The Board notes managements need for further resources within the Corporate Support/Executive area to enable appropriate support systems, processes, policies and procedures to be implemented, monitored and reviewed in order for the clinical areas to effectively deliver health services. The Board notes the increasing demands and complexity of important issues, which necessarily involve managerial time and expertise. These health and health related issues include accreditation, complaints, coronial hearings, ombudsman reviews, external reviews and other legislative requirements, which require more and more managerial time. It further notes the significant endeavours of the Hospital Executive to navigate this complex social and political environment and to maintain service expectations in a publicly accountable and transparent manner. Royal Darwin Hospital Board 2011/2012 Annual Report Page 24 of 29

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